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Digestive Diseases Specialist Support Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting fixed term/secondment opportunity has risen within the colorectal nursing service for a Band 6 Support Nurse or Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist, depending on experience, to join our established team.

We are looking for an experienced and compassionate individual who has a clear understanding of the colorectal surgical nursing pathway, cancer pathway and lower gastrointestinal diagnostics. You will be expected to work across the 2ww LGI diagnostic service and both colorectal benign and malignant pathways to ensure patients and their family are supported through their journey.

You will have excellent organisational and organisation skills and an ability to manage difficult conversations.

The provision of high quality and compassionate care to colorectal patients is very important, whilst ensuring they receive investigations, treatment and care appropriate to their needs and in line with both national and local cancer targets.

You will have the ability to work autonomously, act as a role model and be committed to improving the patient experience.

We will provide in-house training throughout the fixed term/secondment contract. As you build your knowledge and confidence you will be expected to work independently and manage your own caseload in conjunction with, and with the support of the team of specialist nurses.

Informal visits are encouraged!

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the provision of high quality, patient focused care

Responsible for assessing, developing and implementing specialist nursing care programmes

Responsible for providing specialist advice and support to, and liaising with, other staff

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

Closing date is midnight on 26 November 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 7 December 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification

Qualifications Band 6


  • Registered nurse.
  • Relevant experience in speciality
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Teaching or mentoring qualification
  • Post registration qualification in speciality or willingness to complete


  • Degree
  • Research Module

Experience Band 6


  • Demonstrate expert nursing skills
  • Evidence of mentorship/preceptorship roles
  • Accept personal accountability for own practice
  • Experience of formal/informal teaching

Knowledge Band 6


  • Understanding of evidence based practice
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Understanding and knowledge of specialist field

Skills Band 6


  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team
  • Adaptable to changing situations due to both workload and colleagues needs
  • Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients
  • Ability to work unsupervised and manage own workload effective time management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary working.


  • Assertiveness/perceptive counselling skills
  • Documentation, audit and presentation skills
  • Leadership Skills

Additional Requirements Band 6


  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Qualifications Band 7


  • Registered Nurse educated to Degree level
  • Post registration qualification in Colorectal Nursing or 3 years' experience working in the Colorectal Speciality either as a Ward Sister or Colorectal Specialist Nurse at band 6 or above.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Teaching or mentoring qualification.
  • Advanced communication skills/counselling qualification or willingness to undertake.
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills course.


  • Research Module.
  • Master's Degree

Experience Band 7


  • Significant relevant experience in the Specialty and ability to demonstrate expert nursing skills.
  • Accept personal accountability for own practice.
  • Experience of formal/informal teaching.
  • Experience of initiating change

Knowledge Band 7


  • Understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Understand of patient pathways its complexities and how to support the patient through this

Skills Band 7


  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team.
  • Adaptable to changing situations due workload and colleagues' needs.
  • Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients.
  • Leadership Skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and manage own workload effective time-management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead developments in practice.
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary working.
  • Demonstrate analytical and judgmental skills.
  • Ability to quickly appraise situation and act accordingly


  • Advanced Communication Skills.

Additional Requirements Band 7


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions.


  • Knowledge of broader issues related to specialty - political and Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A

Hills Road



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